So, this is getting a late start this year, primarily because (fingers crossed) we’re tentatively scheduled to close on a house on April 6, and will be putting our condo on the market shortly. So I haven’t really been able to do much of anything yet this year, because in addition to being busy as hell prepping the condo for sale, starting seeds on a rack in the living room seems pretty incompatible with trying to show a condo for sale.
However, we seem to be in the home stretch on the house, and it has an actual YARD With lots of sun! I’m very excited at the prospect of being able to grow things that actually require sun. One of my co-workers offered to give me any extra veggie seedlings that she will have, primarily tomatoes, and another friend will let me dig up as many raspberries as I want (and probably some wild strawberries - she has 10 acres in Wisconsin). We will need to build or otherwise acquire some raised beds at the new place for veggies (though I was thinking that we are going to want to take down the chimney, which would leave all kids of recycled brick for projects like that, or maybe a patio?). And I will probably buy some plants and seeds/bulbs, too.
The house has been a rental property for the past few years, and there’s nothing planted there but grass that I can see, so it’s totally a tabula rasa. Tentatively, I’m thinking:
Various herbs (these I will probably buy at a local nursery)
Cucumbers (regular and Armenian - the Armenian were a big hit last year, and I got insane yields from a single plant). No more cornichons; the plant didn’t produce enough at one time to make pickling viable.
Maybe another crack at small melons - we didn’t get a huge yield last year, but they were delicious!
What other flowers/bulbs that like full sun can be planted in the spring? I still have some calendula seeds from last year.
Also, the new place has basement windows that are decently above ground level, and the front ones look out under the front porch. What can I plant under the front porch that doesn’t require sun, but is less boring than patchy grass?
Also, I planted the following in the community garden beds next door and covered with several inches of straw, and we had such a mild winter - no snow in January or February in Chicago? - and I’m dying to go out there and pull off the straw and see how they did:
Red clover (to improve the soil)
If it’s not pouring all weekend, I’ll go do some work out there and pull off the straw so the beds can get some sun. The garlic is poking through the straw already. Theoretically it’s not supposed to be ready until July, but I’m thinking it will be earlier because of the mild winter. We won’t be moving to the new place for a few weeks at least because we are going to do some work there first, and we’re only moving a mile away, so it’s easy enough for me to keep working in the community garden even after we move. And I want my garlic, dammit! And not all the beds were taken last year, so I don’t think anyone will mind if I come back for the stuff I already planted, though I probably won’t plant anything new there.
How are you all doing? What are your gardening plans?